plural noun Ptero·clid·i·dae \ˌterəˈklidəˌdē\

Definition of Pteroclididae

  1. :  a family of birds (suborder Pterocletes) consisting of the sandgrouses

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Origin and Etymology of pteroclididae

New Latin, from Pteroclid-, Pterocles, type genus (from pter- + Greek kleid-, kleis key) + -idae — more at cleid-

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to cast off or become cast off

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